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Hyperpowers, edited by Bascomb James is pure, unadulterated, prime-cut space opera with all the trimmings. From alien invasions to first contact gone horribly awfully wrong, the stories here range across every flavor of the genre.

From the get go, Hyperpowers does not waste its time placing you into its many settings or the strange, high-stake situations the main characters find themselves into. The stories range from tales of modern guerilla warfare against sapient machines to grim retellings of some pretty corny staples of the genre.

If you’re looking for variety in your space opera, this anthology has it in spades, but unfortunately, its 100-page length might leave you wanting. While its stories are brimming with brand new ideas that leave you wanting for more, they don’t get the chance they need to be expanded upon during the word count. Then again, if you are just looking for a way out of the drudgery of your daily commute and into taking a glimpse at a world of vast interstellar empires and Flash Gordon-y ships that go ‘pew-pew’ even in the endless vacuum of space, then this is just what the doctor ordered.

Hyperpowers is published by Third FlatIron


POSITIVES

-Pure space opera to please the lovers of the genre
-Wide, flashy variety of stories

NEGATIVES

-The limited word count makes it for an easier purchase but doesn’t leave enough space for the settings to grow.

Hyperpowers, edited by Bascomb James
If you are aching for some good and fresh space opera by brand new voices in the genre, then this anthology is just the thing for you.
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About The Author

Konstantine

Konstantine is a writer by choice. His short stories have been published in Haikaosru's Battle Royale-Slam Book, the AE Canadian SF Review and the Savage Beasts anthology by Grey Matter Press. People tell him he's got a writing problem, but he's recently managed to have one of his stories published in Japanese so he guesses he's still got it under control. He's got a Patreon Account, where he writes SF flash fiction and dreams to one day isolating himself in a little house in the mountains, where he will live off the land and order groceries from Amazon, like his glorious ancestors.

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